Hearing loss growing among vets

One summer night outside of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. David Goldich was manning the gun turret atop a Humvee when a roadside bomb, rigged with a 155 mm artillery shell, detonated beside him. “It knocked out our vehicle commander, blew our fuel tank, shredded our tire,” Goldich recalled. The explosion also punctured […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

Marine receives Navy Cross for actions in Vietnam

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USMC: Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Ned E. Seath on Feb. 11 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines: Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps WASHINGTON — Nearly 45 years after he saved almost […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Input sought on New Mexico veterans museum

Courtesy illustration Architect renderings of the planned New Mexico Veterans Museum, which will be one of several veteran-oriented facilities on the museum’s campus which will be located in Las Cruces. Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday […]

Marine recalls time served during Korean War

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Cannon AFB leadership class 06-D, honored Robert E. Simmons, by placing him on their “Wall of Heroes” in April of 2006 and presented him with a shadow box that displays his awards and decorations from the course of his 20-year career in the Marines. Clarence Plank Robert Simmons, 81, of […]

Unique flag gifted to local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo AmVets Post 14 trustee Jack Thomas explains that an American flag is folded with four stars out, standing for “In God We Trust.” By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections AmVets Post 14 in Clovis received a special gift from a Marine two weeks ago. AmVets Trustee Jack Thomas says he received […]

Veterans Day events

Saturday Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 6 p.m., VFW 3280, 200 W. Grand in Clovis.

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Soldier home for holidays

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for Christmas was a phone call from her son, Ryan, who was serving a tour in Iraq for eight months. But what stood on her door was better than any gift she could ever receive: A bouquet of roses and Ryan, holding them. Her son, a […]

Widow remembers husband’s heroism

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman still wrestles with demons that had their roots in the Iranian hostage crisis more than a quarter-century ago. Trudy McKeel is the widow of John D. McKeel, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Heroism earns former Marine ‘Wall of Heroes’ induction

Thomas Trower The Cannon Airman Leadership School’s Hall of Heroes has recently received a new member to add to its ranks. This was the first time the event was held in the newly named Hall of Heroes room at The Landing. Retired Cpl. Frederick Madera was inducted on Aug.14 at 11 a.m. by ALS Class […]

McNaughton family shows appreciation to police

By Tonya Garner Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found slain in a ditch last December. The somber-faced group gathered in a conference room on the third floor of the Curry County Courthouse as U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield presented the members of […]

Club Notes, Honors (Dec. 18)

Club Notes East Valley View East Valley View Club met at Golden Acres Center Wednesday for its Christmas luncheon and party. Rose Johns opened the meeting by calling for the minutes and treasurer’s report which were read and approved. Several Christmas poems were read. Helen Jones read the story of Silent Night. Then the group […]

Newest Wall of Heroes member began service at 16

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Dale Davis addresses the Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B Dec. 1. Mr. Davis, who began serving his country as a merchant marine at age 16, was inducted into the Wall of Heroes. Airman Thomas Trower Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B had the chance to honor another local hero on Dec. 1. […]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Soldier tied to Quay County dies

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — A United States Marine with direct ties to Quay County died in Iraq recently, making him one of the first military personnel with such ties to the county to die in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, 33, grandson of Mary E. Daniels of Logan, and the son of […]